Our Team

Thrive Occupational Therapists


Naomi Fahey

Senior Occupational Therapist

Naomi completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 1996. She has worked as a paediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years in both hospital and community based settings.
Naomi has worked at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital working with children with acquired brain injury, neurological conditions, long term inpatient infants, outpatient sessions for children with developmental delays and upper limb splinting clinics.  She has previously been a clinician and later a coordinator for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital – Child Development Unit.
Naomi also worked in community health when she was involved in setting up the occupational therapy service at Inner Southern Community Health Service (now Marion GP Plus Health Care Service), this included her working developmentally and relationally with families with children aged from birth to 4 years with developmental needs.

Naomi provides sessions at Thrive on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s.

Carla Koay

Senior Occupational Therapist

Carla completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2006. Since then, she has worked as a paediatric OT, including working as a part of the Children and Families team at Marion GP Plus Health Care Centre, in private practice, and as the senior occupational therapist at Can:Do4Kids. She is passionate about working relationally with children and their families and is committed to creating strong partnerships in therapy.
Carla is experienced in working with infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children with a wide range of needs and diagnoses’. She is particularly interested in the areas of regulation, social and emotional development, sensory processing, play, and motor skills development. Carla is a qualified Marte-Meo practitioner.

Carla provides sessions at Thrive on Thursday’s.

Emma Elix

Senior Occupational Therapist

Emma completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2003.

Emma has over 16 years of occupational therapy experience working with adults with a range of conditions impacting on their daily lives. Emma has worked as an occupational therapist within South Australia, interstate and overseas.


Emma is a mother of twin daughters and has a lived experience of being a parent of a child with complex needs. This has made Emma highly motivated to use her occupational therapy skills to work with children and their families. Emma is aware of the importance of family centred care which is core to her paediatric occupational therapy service delivery.

Emma provides sessions at Thrive on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s.

Sue VanDeLoo

Senior Occupational Therapist

Sue completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies). Since this time she has worked as a paediatric OT in hospital, country and community settings.

Sue has worked as a paediatric occupational therapist at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital.  She has also worked with children at Novita Children’s Service.

Sue has a wide range of experience including infants, developmental, physical and orthopaedics.  

Sue provides sessions at Thrive on Wednesday’s.

Kiah Morrish

Allied Health ASSISTANT

Kiah is a 4th year OT student. Being a mature entry student, her experience and life experience have been a valuable asset.  

She is competent, engaging and experienced and all of children and families love their sessions.

Kiah provides sessions at Thrive and at families homes.